Port St. Lucie, FL - A missing child alert has been issued for four-year-old Chelsea Noel, who has been missing for almost a full day and night.
She was last seen in the area of the 4600th block of SW Keats Street in Port St. Lucie, wearing a long pink nightgown that reads "Princess". She is 3 feet tall, 40 pounds, with short braids and a birthmark from her neck to her chest which is lighter in color than her skin. She is autistic, non-verbal, and may not respond to her name, according to TCPalm.
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At around 9:50 PM Saturday night Chelsea walked out of the front door of her house. Family members noticed she was gone several minutes later and called police who arrived within six minutes.
Law enforcement responded with a FLIR-equipped helicopter, numerous officers, and two bloodhounds to search for the missing girl. A neighbor with a drone also assisted in the search, according to WPTV.
The search went all night then into the morning and afternoon with no sign of the girl.
Surveillance footage from the house shows Chelsea walking through the front door and leaving on her own just minutes before she was discovered missing.
"We're going to be regrouping and bringing back our efforts to try to find her," Port St. Lucie Police Department Sgt. Frank Sabol said, according to WPTV. "It's very important that we locate her. It's been a long night I imagine for the family and very worrisome for everybody involved and we just want to bring her home safely."
Dive crews with sonar have been out checking retention ponds, lakes, and canals.
Volunteers have been arriving to help in the search. TCPalm reports that Miguel Cruz came out with 15 of his Hotweelz employees and their families to help search. Other neighbors also assisted by searching on ATVs.
Anybody with information on Chelsea Noel is asked to call 911.